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Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | | Horror | 22 July 1970 (USA)
In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Tim Kelly (screenplay), Tim Kelly (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Lord Edward Whitman
Essy Persson Essy Persson ... Lady Patricia Whitman
Hilary Heath ... Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
Carl Rigg ... Harry Whitman
Stephan Chase ... Sean Whitman
Marshall Jones ... Father Tom
Andrew McCulloch ... Bully Boy
Michael Elphick ... Burke
Pamela Moiseiwitsch Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Maid
Joyce Mandre Joyce Mandre ... Party Guest
Robert Hutton ... Party Guest
Guy Deghy ... Party Guest
Elisabeth Bergner ... Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)
Patrick Mower ... Roderick
Victoria Fairbrother ... Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)
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Storyline

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to destroy the lord's family. (The "banshee" of this tale bears no resemblance to the normal usage of the term!) Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banshî no sakebi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title sequence was designed and animated by future Python Terry Gilliam. See more »

Goofs

This film is set in the 16th century. But in the first scene, when the girl is branded, she opens her mouth to scream and shows a full set of teeth with amalgam fillings. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Donald: When I'm flying, I can shoot down any Christian who sees me and does not cross himself.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are divided into "The Establishment, "Witches", and "Villagers". See more »

Alternate Versions

The differences between the cut AIP version and the original edit (released on DVD in the US) are significant:
  • The AIP re-edit repositions the coven massacre scene (that occurs about half an hour into the film in the original version) as a pre-credits scene. The sequence is also slightly trimmed to eliminate some nudity and also remove the shots of Hugh Griffith observing the action.
  • The original credits are Pythonesque animations by Terry Gilliam. These animations were replaced in the AIP re-edit by stills of some of the winged creatures.
  • The music score was changed - the new music was composed by Lex Baxter. Wilfred Joseph did the original score.
  • All topless nudity was removed from the AIP re-edit. This involved trimming several scenes and re-framing others (zooming in on the "unoffensive" part of the frame). This chopped about 3m off the running time.
  • The death of Essay Persson was abridged
  • In the middle section of the film some other scenes were re-positioned in the narrative with the intent of bringing forward the appearance of the coven (in order to speed up the narrative). The version on DVD runs 91m whereas the old AIP version runs only 87m.
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Connections

Referenced in O Drakoulas ton Exarheion (1983) See more »

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Pretty good horror film.
30 August 2004 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The puritanical magistrate Edward Whitman puts the followers of the witch Oona to the death,although he deliberately spares her.She swears vengeance for this and calls up a manifestation of the Banshee in the guise of the young,handsome Roderick.He charms his way into Whitman's family and starts killing them off,as though to all appearances by a horrific demon."Cry of the Banshee" is an underrated AIP effort that features plenty of nasty violence and gratuitous nudity.Director Gordon Hessler manages to create several genuinely spooky moments,so fans of atmospheric British horror won't be disappointed.Once again Vincent Price is amazing as a truly evil Lord Edward Whitman.The film is pretty obscure,but if you get the chance watch it.8 out of 10.


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